John Terry: Chelsea facing ‘big ask’ to defend Premier League title

John Terry believes Chelsea can go on a winning run starting with victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv

John Terry has admitted that Chelsea are facing a “big ask” to defend their Premier League title this season.

The Blues slipped 11 points behind early pace-setters Manchester City after the west London side were beaten 3-1 by Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

This is a strong group of players, you don’t win the Premier League and Capital One Cup otherwise. I know which dressing room I want to be in when things get tough

John Terry

Chelsea are yet to win a game at Stamford Bridge this term and Jose Mourinho’s side welcome derby rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Writing in his captain’s notes in the Chelsea match day programme ahead of their clash against Maccabi Tel Aviv, Terry is confident the defending champions can claw back some of the deficit if the Blues go on an unbeaten run.

“We all know the results haven’t been good enough and, five games in, 11 points behind Man City is no doubt going to be a big ask,” Terry wrote.

“But, with a win tonight, we could kick-start our season and this group of players is more than capable of going on a run of good results.

“We know what we can do, we know the quality we have in this squad and we know we have to start showing that.

“This is a strong group of players, you don’t win the Premier League and Capital One Cup otherwise. I know which dressing room I want to be in when things get tough.”

Terry was substituted at half-time of Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat by City at The Etihad last month, which prompted talk of the 34-year-old falling out-of-favour under Mourinho.

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However, the Chelsea skipper has reclaimed his place in the last two Premier League games, and Terry is relishing a texting run of domestic and European games.

He continued: “With the Champions League group stage starting tonight and the Capital One Cup beginning next week, we are back to playing twice a week now and the games will come thick and fast for the foreseeable future.

“That is what we are used to at this club and it gives you a chance to get into your stride and start building up some momentum, across all competitions.”

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